5/16/2014 8:43:00 AM Three De La Salle seniors win full-ride Gates scholarships
De La Salle North Catholic photos
De La Salle top students: Yared Habtemariam, Enat Arega, Jessica Trinh, Monica Medrano, Harumi Sokau, Katrina Matthews-McGann, Nikolas Tucker, Leigh Norris, Nha Nyugen
Three seniors from De La Salle North Catholic — Monica Medrano, Yared Habtemariam and Enat Arega — have won 2014 Gates Millennium Scholarships.
The scholarships cover the full cost of education through graduation for undergraduate studies, and, for certain majors, the full cost of graduate education as well. The program also offers leadership development, mentoring, academic and social support.
There are 1000 Gates Millennium Scholarships awarded in the U.S. each year. In Oregon, there were 21 given. This is the third year in a row, and the fourth overall, for De La Salle to have recipients.
Medrano plans to go to University of Portland to study psychology. Habtemariam will attend University of Washington to study business. Arega will go to Dartmouth to study biology or public health.
The scholarships, says De La Salle principal Tim Joy, are “a reflection of the environment our students experience: high expectations, rigorous college-prep curriculum, and leadership opportunities — underpinned by excellent teaching, strong student-teacher relationships, and skills developed in our Corporate Internship Program.” De La Salle students hold down jobs to help pay for their education.
Other significant scholarships awarded include a national Horatio Alger Scholarship, awarded to Enat Arega, and a Dell Scholarship, awarded to Nha Nyugen. In addition, full–ride Act 6 scholarships went to Jasmyne Gaston and Francisco Moreno-Campos. De La Salle’s graduation podium will be fuller than ever this year, with ceremonies held for 72 graduating seniors at Concordia College at 11 a.m. on June 7 in the gymnasium. The class of 2014 has five valedictorians — Arega, Katrina Matthews-McGann, Harumi Sokau, Jessica Trinh, and Nikolas Tucker. There are three salutatorians — Nha Nyugen, Leigh Norris and Sequoia Patterson.
“This is an exceptional class,” says Chris Frazier, vice principal of academics. “They are bonded through faith, service, and academics. Collectively this group pushes and supports each other.”